How to Survive Working at Home with a Kid

Working at home is not that easy. Yes, you save a lot of money this way, but it's not as smooth sailing as you think, especially when you're a parent.

Working at home may save you from the stressful office environment but it places you smack in the middle of your child's endless demands.

Like with every challenging thing, the best you can do is survive:

Make Sure Your Child is Just as Busy as You
One of the mistakes I still make when I work at home is not ensuring that my son is busy too. I often get so engrossed with work without quickly realizing that my kid is bored out of his wits and is already climbing me, yes me. If you want to work undisturbed by a toddler, give him something to be busy with.


Here are a few ideas on how to make it work out for you both:

  • If he likes books, give him a big fat finding book and make him find that friggin' Wally if you have to.
  • Here's a few play ideas: Cloud Dough, Lego, Homemade Clay, Building Blocks, Painting/Coloring and Ice Sensory Play.
  • Don't mind the occasional cartoons, as long as it's as educational as it can get.
  • Set him up with some writing activities (if he's old enough)

I sometimes set Miggy on a chair beside mine to watch any one of his favorite movies; Cars, Despicable Me 2, Let it G-- i mean "Frozen", Lego Movie, Ponyo, Kung Fu Panda, Howl's Moving Castle, Monsters University, My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away. I also let him play Dumb Ways to Die.

Yes, I sometimes fear my son will grow up to become sweet and sinister at the same time.

Work Offline
Almost all my sources are online, and my brain itches when I can't connect to the internet with a deadline that's in 3 hours. Of course that's my fault. Poorly managed time and the lack of information will push you to a grave-- disappointment. A grave disappointment, okay? let's not kill each other over this.

It helps to take a break from the computer, or social media (yeah I know you've got a Facebook tab open there).

Think of it as un-wringing your brain from all those letters, screen light and countless disheartening global news.

  • Turn off your computer or laptop and tablet or phone.
  • Write down your drafts and/or ideas on paper.
  • Make a checklist for what you can work with online and offline.

The good side about this? You're not overly focused and your son can sense this so he won't be overly worried whether you've forgotten about him.

Do you want to know what you look like when you're working on the computer? A zombot. A zombie slash robot; with hypnotized eyes that that have dark bags underneath and an inanimate torso connected to freakishly fast-typing fingers. No wonder your kid keeps tugging at you, "You still alive in there? Anyone home?"


Befriend the Check List and To-Do List Method
It's not everybody's thang but it's a helpful in organizing tasks. Personally, as a work-at-home mom, tasks can feel endless and a checklist gets adjusted too many times. But it is still helpful in many ways.

If you want to avoid forgetting certain obligations write them down.

If it helps, get a small white board and prop it on your wall at your work area so you never miss a detail. A chalkboard would also be nice but there's the issue about dust and child's safety and so on, so.. yeah, white board it is.

I'm not ashamed to say that I often forget to give Miggy his vitamins. If it weren't for those checklists my son would probably miss his vitamins more than a few days and his nails would have grown into a teenager.


Designate Your Work Area
Sure, the kitchen table is nice and wide but it's not a permanent work area. You'll have to scoot over when it's time to eat and it's annoying to find rice stuck to your elbow while typing. 


A desktop would be the better option, but if you're like me who like to visit relatives every now and then, a specific work area should suffice. Miggy and I never really stay in one house for more than two days.

Sometimes we sleep over at my mother's house, and the next at my mother-in-law's. My work area keeps changing but I make it a point to have a "desk-like" work space since I tend to jot down notes or drink coffee and need somewhere to place snack on.


Make a Work-Home-Work Routine
I can't tell you to fix your schedule for working at home because it's honestly impossible to follow it when you don't know when your child will eat, shit or sleep. Unless your online job requires you to log in on a specific time, you better throw out the idea of "schedules". Instead, make a routine.

Establish when you are going to work but not what time. You'll need to make a habit of when to start working.

Is midnight your work-friendly hour? Or is early morning more your vibe? How about twice a day? You decide, and keep it.


Work the Graveyard Shift
As unappealing as this idea is, it's bound to happen sometime in your work-at-home career. There are days that your child needs to come first, errands will overpower the day and your brain is too fried to come up with high-quality content.

Take the opportunity of working noise-free and undisturbed in the middle of the night. If you're afraid of not having enough sleep, there's always naps to regain your energy. As long as you know when to rest you won't have to worry about pulling an all-nighter. 








Was I able to do this? Yes, but did I have the energy to do other things? Not really. Working all night til morning consumed my energy that I ended up more like a zombie. I was able to breastfeed, true, but I barely left the room and was not productive with cleaning or cooking.

I eventually adjusted my work routine and now rarely work til morning. When I do I don't work past 2 am, I now wake up at 8 am and able to do bits and pieces of work during the day. I  If I wanted to finish something early, I start early, leading to the next best way to survive working at home.


The Early Bird Is More Productive
The early bird catches the worm, that's what they say. In the case of working at home, you are more productive. I don't need to tell you how quiet it is at dawn and how child-free you are during these hours. At this time of the day all I ever need is fruits and bread for breakfast and a little bit of coffee to keep me warm.

Maximize your day by using the hours no one uses as much: dusk and dawn, the time when people go to sleep or are still fighting not to wake. It's quiet, it's cool and you get the chance to see the sun come up and bask in its light.

It is also a great time for meditation, if not reflection, prayers and just getting a breather. *Early morning sunlight is also good for your skin!


Be Flexible

Schedule, routine or what ever. You need to be as flexible as you can with time and work, your kid will occasionally come in like a Tazmanian Devil... and set everything back to zero. It's frustrating at times, but from another angle it's touching to know you're that important to him.

So be prepared to lose a few working hours or fall behind on certain emergencies (a tantrum, poop disaster or just your child asking for a hug). The best way to be flexible and to keep your cool is to not expect the day to turn out in order.


Hydrate and Eat Healthy Snacks!
For some reason, people who work at home tend to rely on coffee for extra energy and to ward off sleepiness. While it is effective, there are healthier alternatives like the underrated Apple.

No, not Steve Jobs' Apple, but that hard-as-a-rock fruit you can throw at people which is also responsible for the discovery of gravity, not to brag. It's a natural energy booster and you won't suffer from palpitations, should you eat more than one in a day.




While typing doesn't require you to use up saliva on talking, you'll still find yourself mildly dehydrated (it's summer now) especially if your online job is related with internal affairs, tutoring or some form of customer service. Drinking enough water will keep you cool, refreshed and less like a monster more like a beauty queen or Captain America if you're male.

Give and Get Plenty of Hugs
Working at home can be soooo challenging that you end up taking your frustrations out on the people around you; your husband and even your own kid.


It's not something to be proud of or happy about, but there is a way to prevent bad vibes and stress from getting to you: Hugs. It has been scientifically proven that a 10 second hug makes you feel better instantly. Not convinced? Read This, This and This. Yeah that's right I'm backing up my opinions with cold hard facts! Hehe :)

Sometimes, all we need is a time out from all the responsibilities and feel appreciated. So if you don't get enough hugs, give some yourself. There's a high chance that your kid, your partner, your parents or your friends will hug you back and believe me... it takes away much of the weight.

and you know... every now and then, remember to 


Smile



Because you and
your loved ones
deserve it.

Royale Celebrated its 9th Anniversary With Style!

Last month on July 25, 2015 Royale Business Club and its members celebrated their 9th anniversary in style. Here are the highlights of their wonderful celebration:

El Gamma Penumbra & Celebrities

Yes, that's right! The first ever winners of Asia's Got Talent graced the 9th Anniversary of Royale Business Club at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
In addition to that, there were also guest celebrities and members had lots of laughs with Melai and enjoyed performances by Maja Salvador too!

The People Behind Royale Business Club
Royale will never fail to thank the people who run the business club! Gratitude was given to Execom

  • Raquel Buensuceso
  • Ariel De Leon
  • Elmer Magundayao
  • Art Bonjoc

There's also loud cheers for the Board of Directors:

  • Ambassador Henrietta De Villa
  • Chairman Ricardo Castaneda
  • Eric Castaneda (VP for Operations and IT)
  • Isa Angela Bautista (VP for Finance)
  • Mike Tan (VP for Marketing)


Royale Business Club's Upgrades and Accomplishments
Royale did not just celebrate its 9th Anniversary last month, they also celebrated their latest accomplishment: A new branch in Nigeria. It only shows how vast the business club's influence is already growing and how they are expanding continuously.
  • More upgrades by Royale include:
  • Additional Package Options (Package F, G and H) which have an SRP of 18k
  • An Online Store for Members and Distributors
  • New Branch in Nigeria
The online site for distributors will be a convenient way for them to order products and that's a big deal for work-at-home or stay-at-home members of the business club. They will no longer need to travel to get their products from the main office and cause delays on orders of their customers.

Toddler-Approved Food at Pizza Hut Kia Theater

Actually, it's not just toddler-approved, it's also mom and dad approved; Pizza Hut's new branch at the Kia Theater is something new...at least for Pizza Hut and us.
Photo Source: SkyscraperCity.com
Kia Theater is a new building, or rather movie theater, in Cubao just beside Gateway Mall that stands where the New Frontier Theater once stood. The New Frontier Theater used to be one of the biggest cinemas in the Philippines and held a lot of major cinematic events in the '80s. 
                                                  Photo Source: TheUrbanRoamer.com
My husband and I have been a Pizzahut fan for a very long time, ever since their "Panalo Meal" menu released and you can't deny their "Buy 1 Take 1" Family Pizza is budget, and tummy, friendly. The New Pizza Hut at Kia Theater is still the same kind of Pizza Hut we know, with a very noteworthy upgrade.
A bar and lounge is not exactly a pizzeria's thing and you would normally find an expensive menu. That's what we expected, but Pizza Hut retained the "affordability" we came to love and even threw in new recipes into their menu, all without losing the same great service we've been getting for years.

The Menu
We go to Pizza Hut for pizza so we ate pizza on our trip to the Kia Theater branch. Miggy had a whole slice for himself, plus fries and a few bites from my cheesy burrito. Yes, Kia Theater's Pizza Hut serves Burritos and a big-ash Sausage that I'd never seen Pizza Hut deliver on my table before.
 
There's also breakfast! And remember the savory soups? Well, they decided to give you the option of having your Cream of Mushroom Soup in a bread bowl. Yehaa....if only we were filthy rich, I'd eat everything new in their menu.
Pizza Hut's range of drinks also widened. In fact, they now have Lemon Cucumber, Strawberry Colada and the eye-catching Blue Colada Fizz. We tried the lemon cucumber, all I can say is it's Toddler-Approved!

The Ambiance
Pizza Hut at the Kia Theater is offering a "Fine-Dining" experience with the option of getting drinks at their new concept bar.
It still has the same homey, family-friendly ambiance, but some parts of the restaurant can give you that feeling of being at a bar lounger, and that's pretty nifty for the young kids ('coz you know, I'm considered old, but still a kid....by heart......so they say, but I don't believe it....I'm still young!)

The Bar
{izza Hut Kia Theater is serving all kinds of chilled beverages, that means wine m'ladies and lots of mixes you wouldn't expect a pizzeria to offer you.

Nah, we didn't order any drinks. As tempting as it is, we prefer to keep our meal non-alcoholic. After all, Miggy might try to take a sip from our glasses. In addition to that, ever since we had a baby alcohol has been obsolete for us.

About the Lack of Photos
I'm truly sorry about the lack of photos for the specific food I mentioned. I know, it's a messy post. I should have delayed eating and snapped a few award-winning instagram-worthy photos of the food first...  -_-"
But you know, when the food got on our table, it was considered gone. I mean, what kind of hungry person takes pictures first? It only occurred to me halfway through our meal that, "Hey, I was supposed to Post and Write about this." Oops! or rather, *burp!*